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Choice and Inquiry

Written by Troy Hicks
February 28, 2011

Teachers Teaching Teachers – 9/30/09 – Choice and Inquiry

Troy Hicks, Penny Kittle, Sara Beauchamp-Hicks, and Chris Sloan. Hosted by Paul Allison and Susan Ettenheim.

In this episode, we discuss how the concepts of choice and inquiry frame our approach to teaching writing, specifically in relation to teaching in a writing workshop. As students learn how to use digital writing tools like blogs, wikis, and RSS feeds, they can explore topics of personal interest and connect with their peers in order to write, read, and respond. A few highlights of the conversation:

  • 6:30 – Penny Kittle describes her approach to blending the writing workshop and technology
  • 11:15 – Troy asks Penny “what’s compelling” about using film, web, email, etc. and online mentor texts
  • 16:00 – Penny describes “One of our big mistakes” in teaching in the writing workshop
  • 22:00 – A discussion of Youth Voices leads Chris to talk about inquiry and the effect of having a network of student learners.
  • 27:50 – Building community across classrooms. Chris follows up by talking about how comments lead to more conversation. Paul talks about choice and how they find other to connect with.,
  • 36:06 – Paul talks about student blogs as an “archive of writing”
  • 43:30 – Sara talks about the censorship project on The Giver and how she used a wiki to frame it
  • 48:05 – Sara discusses how the research process changed over time for her students
  • 51:00 – A discussion of Google Apps
  • 53:30 – Roundtable discussion of one favorite tool with Chris describing the Youth Voices social network, Penny discussing iMovie, Sara talking about wikis, and Paul sharing insights about using cell phones.

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